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A Dyson sphere is a colossal sphere constructed around a star , completely surrounding it. The interior of the sphere would absorb the entire energy output of that star, allowing for lifeforms to live on the interior surface almost indefinitely. Such a structure was theorized by the 20th century physicist Freeman Dyson .

Dyson sphere exterior

The Enterprise in orbit around the sphere

One of these spheres encased a G-type star and had a diameter of two hundred million kilometers (nearly the size of the orbit of Earth around Sol ), giving it an internal surface area of approximately 250 million M-class planets . The exterior shell was composed of carbon - neutronium , and the interior was much like a habitable planet with various types of terrain and an atmosphere . The sphere was equipped with a portal with the diameter of several large starships which opened to allow ships to enter the interior, where there was enough room to orbit the star. Ships were guided through using tractor beam emitters triggered by subspace signals.

One settlement that could be seen near the portal was a vast metropolis by a large body of water and bordered on one side by a mountain range.

As no radiant sunlight or solar wind escaped from the sphere, and its sheer size created massive gravimetric interference that interfered with sensors , starships traveling at warp speed were not able to detect it unless they dropped out of warp within range of its massive gravitational field .

The resonance frequency of the sphere's tractor beams was incompatible with the power systems of Federation starships, exposure causing both warp engine relays and impulse engine relays to overload. While investigating the sphere while en route to the Norpin colony , the tractor beams damaged the USS Jenolan , causing it to crash onto it in 2294 after being pulled in by the sphere's immense gravity well . In 2369 , the USS Enterprise -D discovered the Jenolan 's distress signal and investigated the sphere. The sphere had been abandoned by its creators because the star around which it was constructed had become highly unstable. As of stardate 46125.3, Starfleet dispatched two science vessels to study the sphere. ( TNG : " Relics ")

The USS Vancouver was required to calibrate the Dyson sphere in or prior to 2380 . ( LD : " Cupid's Errant Arrow ")

When Ensign Sam Rutherford was obsessing over how Lieutenant Shaxs returned from the dead in 2381 , one of the scenarios he envisioned was Shaxs being resurrected by a microscopic civilization seeking to harness the power of his body with a tiny Dyson sphere. ( LD : " We'll Always Have Tom Paris ")

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See also [ ], background information [ ].

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A graphic of a Dyson sphere

The Dyson sphere, named after scientist Freeman Dyson , who envisioned a real-world postulate in 1959. However the actual "sphere" that Dyson theorized was not a solid object like the one visualized in the episode but, rather, a large number of constructs independently orbiting around the star in a dense formation. One implication of such a phenomenon is that it would block the star's light, yet radiate waste heat; thus, if ever a large source of lightless heat were observed by telescope, it might indicate the presence of a Dyson sphere, which would be evidence of intelligent life.

Dyson himself never took his idea too seriously, and said in a later interview that, while the science behind it was " nonsense ", as a TV viewer he enjoyed the episode. [1] More specifically, he called his theory a "joke." About "Relics", Dyson said " Actually it was sort of fun to watch it. It's all nonsense, but it's quite a good piece of cinema. " [2] In the same interview, he said that "Stapledon sphere" would be a more appropriate name, in honor of Olaf Stapledon , whose depiction of such an object in his 1937 novel Star Maker inspired young Dyson to look into the theory. The type of solid structure depicted in the episode has also been referred to as a "Dyson Shell".

The concept of the Dyson sphere, as a B-story premise, had actually already been circulating among the writing staff for years, but until the episode "Relics", the opportunity had never arisen to utilize the notion. " It was something that we were trying to put in for a long time and it became a standing joke. ", noted episode Writer Ronald D. Moore . Once "Relics" came up, the opportunity finally afforded itself and the episode's Science Consultant Naren Shankar went to work to beef out the concept, " I originally thought the interesting thing would be to make it a partially complete Dyson's Sphere. It ended up being a completed Dyson's Sphere that was uninhabited. When Ron had written about the Dyson's Sphere in the teaser, he wrote "tech" and I gave him the numbers for the size of it. He was shocked that it was so big. It was like the equivalent of four million earths. It's huge. If you build something the size of the [sic] sun's orbit, you're talking about a sphere with a diameter of two hundred million miles. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 24, issue 3/4, p. 27)

Dyson sphere maquettes [ ]

For the Star Trek episode, both exterior and interior maquettes were built at Gregory Jein, Inc. , while the initial full-sized exterior view and interior long views were executed as matte paintings by Eric Chauvin . ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (3rd ed., p. 220)) The episode's visual effects supervisor David Stipes initially wanted to do the exterior approach scene in CGI . He envisioned the Enterprise approaching the sphere from a great distance, and when the sphere grew closer its initial smooth looking surface would resolve into a fantastically detailed network of structures against which the Enterprise would be dwarfed. " It would have been a perfect CGI shot ", Stipes enthused, but budgetary considerations made the proposal unfeasible, causing him to sigh at the time, " Contrary to what people are saying about CGI, it's still not as cheap as doing a model " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 24, issue 3/4, p. 80) Stipes later elaborated, " At first we talked about generating it with computers. But we ran into some challenges, so we called in Greg Jein ". Still, some use of computer aid was made as Stipes explained, continuing, " But Greg's model was huge. But we needed it to be a hundred feet long to give us the required scale. So the crew shot a selection of the panel and then digitally reproduced that section over and over, in cookie-cutter fashion, making things look like it stretched on for miles. "

At his model shop, Jein and his team of modelers built two versions of the Dyson sphere surface, an exterior one, actually several of those for assembly into one huge exterior maquette, with one featuring the articulated access door, and an interior one. On constructing the maquettes, Jein recalled,

"The master pattern is made out of sections of a Japanese model kit. We cast them into a larger pattern and then made a rubber mold. Then we peeled it off and started pouring giant urethane bricks. We put the bricks on wooden frames and put the frames together once we got to the stage. (…) The exterior was pretty straight forward, because all the panels were the same except for the door. We had more fun with the interior, because we made it look like an industrial city block. We put our high school names in some of the buildings, like "Dorsey High School", but the audiences never saw that. We used a lot of pieces out of "central casting" – that's what we call our stock molds that have lots of detail in them – to break up the surface so that each panel wasn't exactly the same. I carved the main core around the door out of foam because we didn't have time to make molds; It's sort of free-form." ( Star Trek: The Next Generation 365 , p. 275)

Two additional specialty maquettes were constructed for particular close-up scenes, a more detailed enlarged one of the exterior surface to go with the USS Jenolan studio model in order to depict its crash site, and a detailed interior airlock corridor maquette for close-ups of the escaping USS Enterprise -D. For the interior airlock maquette, Jein and his team used parts and pieces he kept lying around in his model shop as stock. " We used some left over running ship parts to make the corridor from the interior of the Dyson's Sphere to the exterior, so the justification for hoarding all those parts these last 20 odd years finally paid off. ", Jein clarified. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 24, issue 3/4, p. 27)

The effects footage shot for this occasion of the interior airlock corridor, was later reused in the Star Trek: Voyager second season episode " Non Sequitur ". In that episode, it was supposed to represent the (much smaller) spacedock doors, through which Ensign Harry Kim in an alternate timeline was escaping (in the opposite direction) aboard a commandeered Yellowstone -class runabout . The visual effects stock footage for that scene was newly composited in post-production at CIS Hollywood .

Penny Juday endeavored to give insight into the creation of the interior maquette model by trying to explain the technique of " kitbashing " in the TNG Season 2 DVD -special feature, "Inside Starfleet Archives … Penny Juday, Star Trek Coordinator". According to Juday, the art department produced similar structures on several other occasions, combining them on a large board. Neither the exterior maquette panels nor the two specialty maquettes were ever sighted again, having more than likely been discarded, as was usual with episode-specific production pieces this large. Against all odds however, the resin-and-plywood interior maquette, measuring 84 inches square, survived long enough to end up in the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction as Lot 690 , estimated at US$800-$1,200, where it sold for US$5,000 ($6,000 including buyer's premium) on 7 October 2006 .

Apocrypha [ ]

In book #5 of the Double Helix series ( Double or Nothing ) Captains Calhoun and Picard encounter a Dyson sphere constructed by an anti- Federation alliance. Calhoun and Picard eventually succeed in thwarting the alliance and destroying the sphere.

The sphere seen in "Relics" is revisited in the novel, Dyson Sphere . A planned six-month exploration is cut short when a neutron star is launched at the sphere by parties unknown.

In the Deep Space Nine Millennium book series, Chief O'Brien is briefly trapped in a Pah-wraith Hell where he is forced to wander the interior of a Dyson sphere for several millennia, unable to understand how the sphere was constructed or learn anything about its creation.

In The Starless World , Kirk and crew encounter a Dyson sphere that surrounds and is controlled by a god-like entity. The sphere has been traveling towards the galactic core for several billion years at sub-light speed and intends to enter a black hole as part of an ancient compact.

In season eight of Star Trek Online , players battle the Voth for control of a Dyson sphere in the Delta Quadrant which formerly belonged to the Solanogen-based lifeforms (referred to as the "Solanae" in the game) seen in the TNG episode " Schisms ". The player also learns that the Dyson sphere encountered by the Enterprise -D in " Relics " (referred to as the Jenolan Dyson sphere) has disappeared without a trace, along with the science team analyzing it. It is later found that both spheres generate and utilize Omega particles to power a form of propulsion for each sphere; this form of propulsion caused the Jenolan sphere to "jump" further into the Delta Quadrant. In the Season 8.5 episode "A Step Between Stars", the player character and Tuvok rediscover the Jenolan sphere and the ship studying it while trying to shut down a device on the Solanae sphere. The rediscovery causes a schism between the Federation, the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Republic, and the summit to discuss it allows the Undine to invade Sol. The sphere is ultimately discovered to have traveled to the Nekrit Expanse , and serves home base to a multinational task force in the Delta Rising expansion. In the episode "Uneasy Allies", its revealed that another Dyson sphere, the Andromeda Dyson sphere (or Herald Dyson sphere), was located in the Andromeda Galaxy and was inhabited by the Iconian species alongside with their Herald servants. Later, using the same propulsion system as the Jenolan's, the Andromeda sphere jumped into the Milky Way Galaxy , more precisely to a point in the Iconia system.

In the Star Fleet Battles gaming universe, the Tholian Holdfast is depicted as having migrated to our galaxy by transporting their home world which is described to be similar to a mobile Dyson sphere.

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Dyson sphere.

Two hundred million kilometers across, with a surface area that exceeds that of a quarter-billion worlds, the Dyson sphere is one of the most astounding discoveries the Federation has ever made. Now the U.S.S. Enterprise has returned to explore the awesome mysteries of the sphere. Intrigued by what is possibly the greatest archaeological treasure of all time, Captain Jean-Luc Picard hopes to discover the origin of humanoid life throughout the galaxy--or perhaps the ultimate secret of the Borg.  
But when a neutron star approaches on a collision course with the sphere, a mission of discovery becomes a desperate race against time. The many sentient species inhabiting the sphere face extinction--can even the Starship Enterprise save them all?

Maybe the heroes are less impressed with the Dyson Sphere because they can already make a Dyson Swarm (heck, WE in real life can create a Dyson Swarm easily enough in a mere decade due to exponential building construction that would be executed by autonomous bots and use Mercury and asteroids for raw materials). In fact, the Federation shouldn't be impressed with the Dyson Sphere at all given that they should have the ability to build it themselves (what - build thrusters into each super-sized solar collector that acts as a multi-networked starbase platform that has replicators, sensors and transporters all connected toghether - and voila, you can have a self-replicating Swarm connect itself into a massive interconnected sphere). The materials themselves don't need to be Neutronium... just super hard/flexible metamaterials (which the Federation CAN build in abundance using replicators by converting energy into matter). You don't need millions of years more advanced technology to build a Dyson sphere... Dyson Swarm is imminently more practical and was doable since the 1990-ies. The writers had little to no understanding of exponential developments in science and technology (by all accounts, the Federation should have been FAR more advanced by the 24th century because of that). But the Borg having a connection to the Dyson SPhere never made any sense. Why bother? Furthermore, since the Sphere contained Neutronium, you'd think the Borg ships and stations would be made from the same material. But no.

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Dyson sphere

Dyson sphere from Star Trek

The Dyson sphere in the Star Trek TNG episode "Relics".

A hypothetical Dyson sphere around the Sun.

A Dyson sphere is an immense artificial structure proposed by Freeman Dyson in 1959 [1,2] for the purpose of intercepting vast amounts of solar energy. Dyson calculated that, if mankind's current Malthusian (exponential) growth rate in energy consumption were to continue, the human race would reach a crisis point within the next two to three millennia (see Malthus, Thomas Robert ). At this point, all the non-renewable sources, such as fossil and nuclear fuels, would be exhausted, and even renewable sources exploited on a planet-wide scale would be unable to cope with further demand. The problem is that the Earth intercepts less than one billionth of the total radiant output of the Sun. To provide for future growth, the human race will need to capture much more of the Sun's light. It could do this with a Dyson sphere: a spherical shell, 2 to 3 meters thick, centered on the Sun and rotating around it at about twice the orbital distance of Earth (see Note 1 below). The material for building the sphere, Dyson suggested, could come from disassembling the planet Jupiter and utilizing the minerals and metals from its deep interior. Dyson acknowledged that the inspiration for his scheme came from Olaf Stapledon 's Star Maker :

As the eons advanced, hundreds of thousands of worlds were constructed, all of this type, but gradually increasing in size and complexity. Many a star without natural planets came to be surrounded by concentric rings of artificial worlds. In some cases the inner rings contained scores, the outer rings thousands of globes adapted to life at some particular distance from the Sun.

Stapledon, in turn, may have borrowed the idea from J. D. Bernal , who also influenced Dyson directly.

Following the publication of Dyson's proposal, several letters appeared in Science pointing out that a solid circumstellar sphere would be subject to intolerably high stresses. Dyson replied that what he actually envisaged was a loose collection of over 100,000 objects traveling on independent orbits in a shell about 1 million kilometers thick. Dyson's intended (fragmented) arrangement may be referred to as a Type I Dyson sphere and a solid shell as a Type II. It is the latter, in fact, which subsequently received most publicity through a number of science fiction stories woven around the theme, including Robert Silverberg's Across a Billion Years (1969), Bob Shaw's Orbitsville (1975), and Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson's Wall Around a Star (1983). A Type II Dyson sphere also features in the Star Trek : New Generation episode "Relics". In order to produce the artificial gravity to allow such a structure to be habitable on its inner surface, the sphere would have to rotate. But the required rate of rotation (see Note 2) would set up such extreme stresses in the shell (tending to deform it into an oblate spheroid) that no known material would be able to withstand them. Even if the structural integrity of the shell were not compromised, only the equatorial regions would be suitable for permanent habitation, for two reasons: the air of the inner biosphere would tend to collect at the equator, and it would only be here that the maximum level of artificial gravity would be achieved. The "pull" would decrease as the distance from the equator increased, until it became zero at the poles. Additionally, a Type II sphere would be unstable since even the slightest collision, say with an asteroid or comet, would cause the structure to drift and eventually collide with the Sun.

A Type I Dyson sphere, on the other hand, appears to be such an inevitable and achievable piece of astroengineering that we might expect not only the human race eventually to build one but for other civilizations, more advanced than our own, already to have theirs in place. Dyson pointed this out and suggested how such structures would appear over interstellar distances. A Dyson sphere would absorb most of the visible and shorter wavelength radiation from its host star and re-emit a portion of it in the form of infrared radiation. [3] Its infrared output, in fact, would be similar to that of a protostar . The artificial nature of the object might be revealed in other ways. Said Dyson: "One would look in particular for irregular light variations due to starlight shining through chinks in the curtain, and for stray electromagnetic fields and radio noise produced by large-scale electrical operations ..." Several searches have been carried out. [4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

1. Dyson, F. J. "Search for Artificial Sources of Infrared Radiation," Science , 131, 1667-1668 (1959). 2. Dyson, Freeman J. "The Search for Extraterrestrial Technology." In R. E. Marshak, ed., Perspectives in Modern Physics: Essays in Honor of Hans Bethe . New York: John Wiley & Sons (1966). 3. Sagan, C., and Walker, R. G. "The Infrared Detectability of Dyson Civilizations," Astrophysical Journal , 144, 1216-1217 (1966). 4. Jugaku, J., and Nishimura, S. "A Search for Dyson Spheres Around Late-Type Stars in the IRAS Catalog," in Bioastronomy: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life , J. Heidemann and M. J. Klein (Eds.), Lectures Notes in Physics 390, pp. 295-298. Berlin: Springer-Verlag (1991). 5. Jugaku, J., and Nishimura, S. "A Search for Dyson Spheres Around Late-Type Stars in the Solar Neighborhood," vol. 74 of ASP Conference Series , pp. 381-385. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1995). 6. Jugaku, J., and Nishimura, S. "A Search for Dyson Spheres Around Late-Type Stars in the Solar Neighborhood. II," No. 161 in IAU Colloquium, pp. 707-709. Bologna: Editrice Compositori (1997). 7. Jugaku, J., and Nishimura, S. "A Search for Dyson Spheres Around Late-Type Stars in the Solar Neighborhood. III," in G. Lemarchand and K. Meech, eds. A New Era in Bioastronomy , vol. 213 of ASP Conference Series . San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2000). 8. Slysh, V. I. "Search in the Infrared to Microwave for Astroengineering Activity," in The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Recent Developments , M. D. Papagiannis (Editor). Boston, Mass.: Reidel Pub. Co. (1985).

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Recap / Star Trek: The Next Generation S6E4 "Relics"

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Original air date: October 12, 1992

The Enterprise finds the USS Jenolan , a ship that was missing for 75 years, crashed on the surface of a Dyson Sphere . An away team of La Forge, Riker, and Worf beam over to the transport ship, which amazingly still has power. Although life support is working, the ship seems deserted. Just then, La Forge notices that the transporters on-board have been modified somehow and that there's still a pattern stored in them. The teleporter is activated, and who else materializes on the pad but Scotty himself!

Scott explains that he was on his way to retirement when the ship crashed, and he and the only survivor, Franklin, had too few supplies to wait for rescue. Franklin's pattern has degraded too much for revival. When Scott learns that his rescuers are from the Enterprise , he assumes that Kirk has come to save him, but once he sees Worf, he realizes that he's been away much longer than he'd thought.

On the Enterprise , Scott gets introduced to the crew and is instantly fascinated by the advances in technology that have been made. Although advised by Crusher to rest, he quickly gets into Geordi's hair and insists on helping him man engineering, stating that his 52 years of experience should be worth something. Unfortunately, Scott is too unfamiliar with 24th Century technology and starts to get in the way. Geordi's patience wears thin, and he finally snaps at Scott to go away, causing the old man to leave in a huff.

Scott wanders into Ten-Forward, where he samples some synthehol and nearly spits it out. Data serves a real alcoholic drink to Scott, which Scott likes, though he mutters to himself about the future being full of "synthetic alcohol and synthetic people." After getting drunk, he stumbles to the holodeck and recreates the bridge of the original Enterprise . Scott wistfully recalls his glory days while drinking a toast to his absent comrades . But his pity party is interrupted by Picard, who downs shots of Scott's whiskey and commiserates with him. Scott says that the original Enterprise is the only ship that he misses, and Picard admits that he misses his first command, the Stargazer , even though it is completely outclassed by the current Enterprise . He offers to let Scott peruse the modern tech manuals, but Scott refuses, saying that the time comes when every man has to know when to quit. He shuts off the simulation and leaves.

The following day, Picard suggests to La Forge that Scott could help recover the logs from the damaged Jenolan . He also makes a personal request that La Forge personally accompany him to make Scott feel useful again. Geordi agrees. After the pair beam over, the Enterprise moves to investigate a communications array on the Dyson sphere and gets pulled inside by automated tractor beams. The ship's systems get overloaded in the process, causing the ship to start hurtling toward the central sun with minimal power.

In the Jenolan , Scott speaks with disgust at the ship's out-of-date technology, calling it a useless relic (much like himself). Geordi counters that many principles of spacecraft have remained the same for decades and that the ship might even still be in service had it not been damaged. "Just because something's old, doesn't mean you throw it away," he says. Scott is heartily reencouraged by Geordi's arguments. When they try to contact the ship, however, they get no response. Scott realizes that the ship might have entered the sphere, so the two engineers set about repairing the derelict ship to go after it.

The Enterprise crew manages to use their remaining impulse power to enter an orbit around the star, but its violent solar flares will destroy them in three hours if they don't find a way to escape.

La Forge and Scott work on repairing the Jenolan ' s engines. Geordi is cautious about exceeding Starfleet regulations on deuterium, but Scott reveals that he wrote those regulations and knows exactly how far he can push them. They get the ship running, and Scott offers Geordi the command in spite of technically being the senior officer. He explains that even though he's a captain, he only ever thought of himself as an engineer. With Geordi in command, they track the Enterprise trail into the sphere. Scott proposes entering the sphere and holding the doors open with their shields to let the Enterprise out. Geordi is leery of such a cockamamie idea, but Scott assures him that it will work, so Geordi agrees.

The engineers wedge the Jenolan between the doors, the shields hold, and La Forge manages to open a communications channel to the Enterprise . The starship receives the hail and sets a course for the hatch. The Jenolan suffers heavy damage while the craft is wedged in the hatch and La Forge tells Picard that the Enterprise will have to destroy the ship to escape. When the Enterprise is in transporter range of the Jenolan , Picard gives the order to beam La Forge and Scott back on board (with the Jenolan ' s shields still raised) and fire photon torpedoes, destroying the Jenolan . The doors continue to close, but the Enterprise manages to exit the sphere. As La Forge and Scott walk off the transporter pad, Scott is cheerfully relieved to be returned to safety.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All There in the Manual : The novelization of the episode has an extensive prologue showing how the Jenolan crashed and how Scotty and Franklin got put into the transporter pattern.
  • And the Adventure Continues : The Enterprise crew loan Scotty one of their shuttles, allowing him to depart for more adventures in the 24th Century.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece : Aboard the Jenolan , Scott grouses that the ship is just so much "old, useless garbage." Geordi rejoins that most of the basic systems haven't changed, and the ship might still be in service in the 24th century if it hadn't crashed. Sure enough, they manage to get the ship spaceborne again, and it allows them to open the Dyson Sphere's hatch and wedge it open long enough for the Enterprise to escape. Geordi : This ship could run circles around the Enterprise at impulse speeds. Just because something's old, doesn't mean you throw it away.
  • Data's "it is green" line in Ten Forward is almost the same as a line that Scotty uses in the TOS episode "By Any Other Name" .
  • Scotty also mentions events from the episodes "The Naked Time," "Wolf in the Fold," and "Elaan of Troyius" .
  • Geordi returns the favor by relating the events of "Galaxy's Child" . Scotty notes, "You soured the milk!" which was exactly the line that Geordi and Brahms used to describe their ploy.
  • A very minor one from "The Galileo Seven" — Spock and Scott had a similar discussion about using a backup deuterium tank, which Scotty said was too delicate to take the pressure.

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  • Cold Sleep, Cold Future : After a while, Scotty starts to feel that he has no place in the 24th century.
  • Conflict Ball : Even though he's on a tight schedule, it seems odd for a Nice Guy like Geordi to get angry to the point of snapping at him within ten minutes. Particularly at Montgomery Scott, who is to engineers what Kirk is to captains. But it pushes Scotty into Ten Forward and then the recreated bridge on the holodeck.
  • Dyson Sphere : The setting for the episode (though, technically, it's a Dyson Shell ). Whoever built it has long since abandoned it, as the star within is no longer stable enough for humanoids to survive within. The characters are astonished by an object on such a scale, and especially to find one abandoned and undiscovered. For all the Federation's advanced technology the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens they have learned of and encountered, such a massive undertaking is still beyond them.
  • Fire-Forged Friends : Scott initially drives Geordi crazy, but after working together to save the day, they've become two peas in a pod.
  • Gadgeteer Genius : Both La Forge and Scotty for their respective eras.
  • The Ghost : A scene takes place in Ten Forward, and Guinan is referenced several times, but she doesn't make an appearance.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink : After an argument with Geordi, Scotty goes to the bar to get drunk. He ends up drinking the Aldebaran whiskey that Picard provided Guinan.
  • I Ate WHAT?! : Scotty orders a scotch at Ten Forward and nearly gags at what he was given. The waiter is confused until Data brings up synthehol, an alcohol substitute that emulates taste but minimizes intoxication and addiction. Being a connoisseur, Scotty easily tastes the difference and Data retrieves a private stash Guinan kept behind the counter that is more to his liking.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water : Scotty tries to show that his engineering expertise is still useful in the 24th century. He doesn't do so well on the state-of-the-art Enterprise , but his Damage Control gets the much older Jenolan flying again.
  • MacGyvering : What Scotty does best. Geordi is dumbfounded on how he was able to reconfigure the transporter into a stasis field in order to survive 75 years. Scotty is more humble about it as his compatriot didn't make it "It was half brilliant, Franklin deserved better." When repairing the Jenolan and trying to figure out what happened to the Enterprise, Scotty gives an impassioned speech to Geordi about how much he has dedicated his life to squeezing out impossible things from the starships he has worked on.
  • Mr. Fixit : The episode is basically a love letter to engineers, with Scotty reconfiguring the Jenolan to save the Enterprise and reminding everyone why he was called a miracle worker.
  • Nostalgia Filter : Invoked by Picard and Scotty. Picard in particular muses that his first command, the USS Stargazer was an "overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams", and that the Enterprise -D is in every way superior, but that there's times where he'd give anything to be commanding Stargazer again.
  • Passing the Torch : Invoked when Scotty says goodbye to La Forge, with Scotty observing that, while the Enterprise is a credit to her name with a fine crew, in his experience a ship is only as good as the engineer who takes care of her, and he is confident that the Enterprise -D is in good hands with Geordi.
  • Red Shirt : The guy who went into transport suspension with Scotty. Died without appearing onscreen. Scotty is found with his injured arm wrapped in an improvised sling... a sling consisting of a strip of torn red fabric.
  • Retirony : Not even Scotty was immune to it, since his transport to a retirement colony crashed on a Dyson Sphere.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale : When the Enterprise is pulled into the sphere, it's clear that the ship is moving very slowly. Once inside, Data states that the ship is 90,000,000 kilometers from the star's chromosphere. The helmsman then states that the residual inertia from the tractor beam is causing them to drive towards the star. They treat this as being a dire emergency, but at the speed that the ship is shown to be moving, it would take days, if not weeks, to actually reach the star. Sure enough, in what is clearly a matter of no more than an hour, the ship has come within 150,000 kilometers of the star and is at risk of being destroyed.
  • The Trope Namer himself discusses it with Geordi. Scotty: Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way. But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want. Geordi: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour. Scotty: How long would it really take? Geordi: An hour. Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did you? Geordi: Well, of course I did. Scotty: Oh, laddie, you have a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker!
  • Later, when Geordi suggests that they repair the Jenolan to look for the Enterprise , Scotty says that it'll take a week just to get started. But they don't have a week, so better get to work!
  • Starship Luxurious : Scotty is completely astonished by the size of the Enterprise -D, especially his guest quarters. Scotty: Good Lord, man, where have you put me? Kane: These are standard guest quarters, sir. I can try and find something bigger if you want. Scotty: Bigger? In my day, even an Admiral wouldn't have had such quarters on a starship.
  • Technobabble : Plenty re: the jury-rigged transporter. Geordi: Commander. The transporter is still online. It's being fed power from the auxiliary systems. Riker: The rematerialization subroutine has been disabled. Geordi: That's not all. The phase inducers are connected to the emitter array. The override is completely gone and the pattern buffer's been locked into a continuous diagnostic cycle. Riker: This doesn't make any sense. Locking the unit in a diagnostic mode just sends the matter array through the pattern buffer. Why would anyone want to— Geordi: There's a pattern in the buffer still. Riker: It's completely intact. There's less than .003% signal degradation. How is that possible? Geordi: I don't know. I've never seen a transporter jury-rigged like this.
  • Though also inverted — Geordi mentions that some designs and theories aren't all that different than they were in Scotty's day, and had it not been for the structural damage, the Jenolan is a fine ship and could still be in Starfleet service.
  • Picard soon joins him, and the two offer a toast to their absent ships: the Enterprise and the Stargazer . Scotty: Ah, it's like the first time you fall in love. You never love a woman quite like that again. To the Enterprise and the Stargazer — old girlfriends we'll never meet again.
  • Understatement : Scotty mentions that, the first time he visited Argelius, he got into "a wee bit of trouble". (He was framed for murder.)
  • Unwanted Assistance : Any time that Scotty tries to help Geordi in Engineering. Makes you feel bad for Scotty. The poor guy is really out of touch with the 24th century technology, but he wants to do what he can to help the Enterprise .
  • What Year Is This? : Naturally, Scotty wants to know how long he's been in transporter stasis.
  • He also tells the bartender in Ten Forward that he's been drinking Scotch a hundred years before he was born. This bartender is not Guinan , so in this case it's true.
  • Wrote the Book : Geordi cites some Techno Babble regulations that Scotty quite literally wrote. Scotty : Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the auxiliary tank. La Forge : Er, the tank can't withstand that kind of pressure. Scotty : [laughs] Where'd you get that idea? La Forge : What do you mean, where did I get that idea? It's in the impulse engine specifications. Scotty : Regulation 42/15 - Pressure Variances on the IRC Tank Storage? La Forge : Yeah. Scotty : Forget it. I wrote it. A good engineer is always a wee bit conservative, at least on paper. Just bypass the secondary cut-off valve and boost the flow. It'll work.
  • You Are in Command Now : Scotty tells Geordi to take the Jenolan ' s conn. When Geordi points out that Scotty's the senior officer present, he brushes it aside, saying that he may be a captain by rank but he's happier being just an engineer.

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  1. Dyson sphere

    A Dyson sphere is a colossal sphere constructed around a star, completely surrounding it. The interior of the sphere would absorb the entire energy output of that star, allowing for lifeforms to live on the interior surface almost indefinitely. Such a structure was theorized by the 20th century physicist Freeman Dyson. One of these spheres encased a G-type star and had a diameter of two ...

  2. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Relics (TV Episode 1992)

    Relics: Directed by Alexander Singer. With Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn. The Enterprise stumbles upon a Dyson sphere, with a ship crashed on the outer surface. An away team finds some systems still powered up and the chief engineer from the old Enterprise, Montgomery Scott, locked in the transporter cycle.

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    A further DVD release came as part of The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Volume 2 on November 17, 2009, in the United States, with "Tapestry", "Cause and Effect", and "The Inner ... The Next Generation novel Dyson Sphere by George Zebrowski and Charles R. Pellegrino was published in April 1999. It is a follow-up to the episode. ...

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    Dyson Sphere is No. 50 in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe. Captain Jean-Luc Picard works with the silicon-based life forms, the Horta, to conduct an archaeological dig of the Dyson Sphere. This is not so much a character-led story as an adventure on a grand scale. The Dyson Sphere is an excuse to have a swashbuckling good time.

  7. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Relics (TV Episode 1992)

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  8. Ex Astris Scientia

    The surface of the Dyson sphere was edited and exhibits finer structures in TNG-R. We need to keep in mind that in this shot the Enterprise must be still several 100,000 kilometers away from the sphere. The crashed USS Jenolan can be seen on the surface of the Dyson sphere. The surface paneling of the sphere is slightly different in every shot.

  9. Trek Lit Reviews: Dyson Sphere

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  10. Dyson sphere

    The Dyson sphere in the Star Trek TNG episode "Relics". A Dyson sphere is an immense artificial structure proposed by Freeman Dyson in 1959 [1,2] for the purpose of intercepting vast amounts of solar energy. Dyson calculated that, if mankind's current Malthusian (exponential) growth rate in energy consumption were to continue, the human race ...

  11. Star Trek: The Next Generation #50: Dyson Sphere

    That episode, as long-time Trek fans remember well, signaled not only the return of Trek's original engineer Montgomery Scott, but also marked the introduction of a solid SF device in the Trek universe: A Dyson Sphere. A Dyson Sphere is, basically, a ball built around a star so that all of the star's energy is used. It's unimaginably big ...

  12. Recap / Star Trek: The Next Generation S6E4 "Relics"

    Star Trek: The Next Generation S6E4 "Relics". Scotty and Picard. Original air date: October 12, 1992. The Enterprise finds the USS Jenolan, a ship that was missing for 75 years, crashed on the surface of a Dyson Sphere. An away team of La Forge, Riker, and Worf beam over to the transport ship, which amazingly still has power.

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  17. Star Trek The Next Generation #50: Dyson Sphere

    Picard closed the record of the earlier passage through the Dyson Sphere and opened his captain's log to review the most recent entry. CAPTAIN'S LOG, STARSHIP ENTERPRISE. Stardate: 47321.6. More than a year has passed since we found Montgomery Scott's ship, the Jenolen, crashed on the outer hull of the Dyson Sphere.

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  19. Star Trek: The Next Generation: 50 Dyson Sphere

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  20. Dyson Sphere by Charles Pellegrino

    Dyson Sphere takes place during the seventh season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, about a year after the Enterprise visited the Dyson Sphere in the episode "Relics," season six, episode four, where they found Scotty in stasis after 75 years. HortaThe first problem I had with this story is the Horta.

  21. Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by George Zebrowski (1999

    Dyson Sphere is archaeology on a grand scale, wherein imagination can run utterly wild, and there are scenes in this book that absolutely stun, and turn the whole Star Trek premise on its head with the realization that humanity is really as nothing compared against the scope and the time frames of the universe.

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